An editorial today in The New York Times urges Americans to lay off the bottled water, instead opting for tap water to quench their thirst.
The piece highlights the impact the bottled water industry has on the environment, like the fact that it takes about 1.5 million barrels of oil to produce enough water bottles for Americans alone. It also points out that this country has one of the cleanest public water supplies in the world, and that H2O from the faucet is typically as pure the product bottling companies claim comes from places like France and Fiji.
Speaking of such misnomers, on Monday CNN reported that PepsiCo will begin labeling bottles of Aquafina with a disclaimer that the water is bottled from a public source. The clarification is a gesture toward opponents of the bottled water industry and the growing concern about the costs associated with the transportation and disposal of plastic water bottles.
The CNN story also cites efforts by San Francisco, Ann Arbor, Mich., and Salt Lake City, Utah to eliminate or reduce the use of bottled water in government offices and at city events.